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New from Iowa never smoked in my life!

Joined Feb 12, 2011
Hey guys. I am from NW Iowa and i have not smoked one piece of meat in my life. Any tips on wood, temperatures, smokers, or pieces of meat to try first would be good!

Thanks in advance!


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Joined Oct 17, 2009
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.


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Joined Feb 3, 2009
Welcome to SMF!

Do a little reading and narrow down what kind of smoker you are interested in and what kind of budget you have for a smoker .Also do you enjoy spending time tending the fire or do you  want something that  you can do other things while you smoke .

 Get some ideas on what you want to do and ask a little more specific questions and then we can give alot more specific answers.


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Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. You'll find lots of good info and some great recipes here. I would suggest signing up for Jeff's 5 day Ecourse it's free and has some great info to get you started. Here's a link http://www.smoking-meat.com/smoking-basics-ecourse.html     Have fun and happy smoking


Master of the Pit
Joined Feb 10, 2009
Welcome to smf glad to have ya!!! Start by using the search feature and wiki section,there's tons of info...you'll be reading for days!!!


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Piney has it right check out the ecourse & then like eman said figure how much work you wanna put in. What ever you do just ask lots of questions & remember none of us got it right the first time


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Welcome to SMF. There are a lot of very friendly & knowledgeable folks here to help you. I urge you to sign up for the free E-course. It will give you the basics, & even if you are an experienced smoker you may learn something new. Then start asking questions. Good luck & glad to have you aboard. Don't forget we all love Qview!


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Joined May 1, 2007

Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

For those of you new to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.

Click Here it's "FREE" ... 5 Day eCourseE


Master of the Pit
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Joined Jul 9, 2010
Welcome to a great place. Very helpful and friendly bunch of folks hear. My advice is do what all the previous posts said. Can't  go wrong.


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Joined Feb 20, 2010
Welcome to SMF! Always good to greet another Iowan. Don't to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse


Smoke Blower
Joined Jan 17, 2011

Lots of good info in the forums and in the Wiki's.

Great way to learn and find new techniques.

I suggest starting with something easy and cheap, like chicken or boneless pork loin cops - you have pork in Iowa, right?  

Just remember, LOW and SLOW.  You're not grilling, you're smoking (or barbecuing).  

Read Jeff's 5-day smoking basics course.

And most of all, have fun doing it!  


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Joined Mar 12, 2009

First off welcome to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are alot of really good folks that would just love to help you with anything to do with smoking. Now we like having new folks here to give a new prospective on some of the ways we do things around here. Now if you are really new then I would suggest that you sign up fir the 5-day E-course it free and it will give you the basics on smoking and a few recipes too. Here's a link to it:


then you will have a method to your newly found madness and believe me it will be a madness. Then when you start smoking things you will have to learn how to post the pictures / Qview 

here. So here's a link to a tutorial on how to post your Qview so we can see what your doing.


Now the next thing you have to do is run out and get something to smoke. Then just smoke it and if you have any questions just post  them here and we will answer all your questions that you might have. Oh yea there's no stupid questions we were all there in the beginning and we just really like to help others enjoy the fabulous smoked foods that we do. So again

Welcome to Your New Addiction  


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